A suspect has been arrested in a deadly bar shooting that occurred early June 27 in Las Vegas, though he claims he doesn't remember pulling the trigger.
Surveillance footage showed Anthony Balderas, 24, entering a local bar in the 1200 block of South Decatur Boulevard around midnight, according to a report obtained by FOX 5.
The victim, identified as Timothy Hartley, 28, entered about five minutes later, according to FOX 5.
A bartender said they were both regulars and that Balderas was “not acting normal,” FOX 5 reported. The bartender also said the men did not have any interactions or disputes while at the bar.
Around 3:10 a.m., surveillance footage showed Balderas making a gesture to Hartley with his glass, like a “cheers.”
Hartley was on the phone at the time and Balderas was at his seat holding a pistol, according to the report.
At 3:18 a.m., Balderas allegedly walked toward Hartley, who was facing away from him, with a pistol in his hand. He pointed the gun at Hartley’s back and fired one shot, according to Las Vegas Metro police.
Police said Balderas then “calmly walked out of the bar” to his vehicle, according to FOX 5.
Hartley was taken to University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
Balderas was arrested at his home and taken to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s headquarters to be interviewed.
Balderas told police he got off work on June 26 and went to a bar, drinking three whiskey cocktails, according to FOX 5. He said he left around midnight to go to the bar where the murder took place.
He said he remembered using the bathroom and planning to go home, but didn’t remember leaving the bar or driving home, the report states. He then remembered police coming to the door.
Police showed Balderas the surveillance footage from the bar and he was “shocked,” according to police. He reportedly said, “case closed” after seeing the footage.
Balderas said he recognized himself on the video but couldn’t provide an explanation for why he shot Harley, according to FOX 5. Police say he apologized for what he did.
Balderas was denied bail during a June 28 court hearing.
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